Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Off topic forum > Gardening

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old July 6th, 2006, 12:19 PM
joeysmama joeysmama is offline
Senior Contributor
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: northeast
Posts: 1,343
Help with herbs

I hope someone out there can give me some advice.

I love to plant herbs in the summer. It's so much nicer to be able to snip a handful of what you need than it is to buy a huge bunch at the store and have it go to waste or wilt in the fridge. I keep containers on the railing just outside my family room door--convenient and the deer can't get to them to eat them. They get good sun there as well as being open to the rain.

I've had great luck with parsley, oregano, thyme, basil and cilantro.

Last year I planted dill and wound up with two very tall scrawny stalks. It was usable but it still bothered me. This year I'm having the same thing happen again with my dill AND my cilantro is doing the same thing. Last year the cilantro was great, full and bushy. This year, scrawny stalks.

What to do ?????
Reply With Quote
Old July 6th, 2006, 02:33 PM
badger's Avatar
badger badger is offline
Senior Contributor
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Montreal
Posts: 4,076
Both cilantro and dill have a tendency to be leggy. I cut them back to a reasonable height (6 inches?), which leads to more lateral growth. Don't worry about hurting the plant.
Then the moment you see a bud forming, pinch it off. When they start making flowers, the rest of the plant suffers.
If they are in full, hot sun all day, move them to a less exposed location. Too much heat makes them bolt.
I sow cilantro several times over the summer and use the whole plant when it is 2-3 inches tall. But cutting the plants back will work as well.
If your plants are in pots, you might try a liquid fertilizer or a top-dressing of compost or good soil to re-invigorate them.
Reply With Quote
Old July 6th, 2006, 05:42 PM
joeysmama joeysmama is offline
Senior Contributor
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: northeast
Posts: 1,343
Thank you so much for the advice. I'm going to print it out and put it in my kitchen so I can refer to it easily !!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:52 AM.